Massive fire destroys dozens of school buses in Washington

Over 25 buses were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon at a school bus barn south of Seattle.

Nearly 70 people were evacuated when a fire started Wednesday afternoon at the Puyallup School District bus barn.

Officials said in a statement that a number of new buses burned in the fire:

"At 2:21 in the afternoon of Wednesday, August 24, Central Pierce Fire was dispatched to the corner of 12th Street NW and West Stewart – the site of Puyallup School District's Bus Maintenance Facility. While the cause of the fire is not yet certain, the damage is. Over 20 brand new school buses were housed in this facility. These new buses were purchased to make the fleet more efficient and provide transportation services to students in Puyallup schools."

Police said there were explosions related to the fire and a building nearby burned.

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There were no reports of injuries and officials said all school district employees were accounted for.

Puyallup public schools are scheduled to start Sept. 6.

More than 25 buses were damaged by fire at a Puyallup School District bus barn this afternoon. What we know:
Police said explosions were heard. The situation is still developing.

Posted by KIRO 7 News on Wednesday, August 24, 2016